Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic PhD Studentship on the Politics of Sustainable Prosperity
Reference number: CUSP 2017-1
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for two PhD studentships as part of its commitment to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). CUSP aims to explore alternative visions of a sustainable future where individuals and communities have the capabilities needed to flourish while living within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on any of the following two themes:

 

1. Political theory:

A political theory PhD project on any aspect of the political foundations of environmental sustainability. Applicants are invited to propose their own project ideas, based on any area of green political theory / environmental political theory, but particularly on any of the following broad themes:

  • The role of (new forms of) democracy in relation to environmental sustainability
  • How socio-political structures constrain or enable a sustainability transformation
  • Normative foundations for social change towards sustainability
  • The meaning and political character of ‘sustainable prosperity’
  • Environmental justice in relation to sustainable prosperity / capabilities for flourishing within ecological limits
  • Political foundations of de-growth

2. Empirical:

An empirically-focused PhD project on any aspect of the politics of local environmental governance. Applicants are invited to propose their own project ideas. Proposals could involve examining different models of governmental-civil society interaction to promote sustainability across various policy sectors, such as food, waste, community development, and so on.

Applicants are welcome to identify other themes which are relevant to Keele’s projects within CUSP (http://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/p/ - P1 and P4 projects). It is recommended that applicants liaise with a Keele CUSP member (Dr Philip Catney, Dr Marit Hamond or Professor Brian Doherty).

Funding and Eligibility

The bursaries are offered on a full-time basis to EU/UK and overseas applicants and cover a maintenance award and fee payments (at the UK/EU rate, currently £14,553 and £4,195 respectively). The Scholarships are for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The level of the maintenance element of the Scholarships is linked to the level of corresponding awards made by UK research councils and is subject to regular review. The studentship bursaries are free of both tax and national insurance contributions. International applicants will be required to cover the difference between the UK/EU and International Student fee.

These studentships will be awarded as Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). In addition to work on the doctoral research project, successful applicants will be expected to contribute to associated activities within their respective School, including a limited amount of teaching, for which training will be provided. They will also contribute to some research administration, and candidates take part in some of CUSP events. The teaching and research administration combined will be limited to a maximum of six hours per week.

CUSP aims to explore the concept of sustainable prosperity and to understand people’s aspirations for living sustainably. A guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings - within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Research will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. The Centre is led by Professor Tim Jackson at University of Surrey, in collaboration with Middlesex, Goldsmiths, Oxford, Leeds, Anglia Ruskin, Keele, and Canterbury (NZ) Universities. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has funded the centre for five years and Middlesex University researchers will explore the alternative business and investment models needed to underpin resilience, sustainability and competitiveness.

About Keele University

The School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE) is one of the leading centres for the study of environmental politics in the UK. Within the School, the Centre for Research on Environmental Action and Thought (CREATe) is an active research unit which has secured numerous grants over the past few years, including research on environmental activist groups, energy conservation in local communities, environmental multi-level governance, and urban regeneration. For more information see: http://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants must have a minimum of a first or an upper second class honours degree or equivalent, and preferably a good Masters degree, in a relevant area.

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

Applicants must submit the following documents to apply:

  • Fully completed online Application form (please go to http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/politicsandinternationalrelations
  • and select the Apply for a PhD button on the right hand side of the page)
  • A full research proposal for your PhD (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  • A sample of academic work (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Two academic references
  • Academic Documentation (including transcripts and certificates)
  • Coloured copy of Passport
  • Proof of English Language (if your first language is not English)
  • A completed Case for Support 2017-18 form

Please liaise with Helen Farrell if you require advice on the application process: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees £4,195
Stipend £14,2553
Closing date 30 June 2017

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Research Topic Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time
Reference number: RPCH2017/06
Abstract

We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a strong statistical background to develop methodology within a multidisciplinary research environment on a project hosted within the Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) at Keele University.


Title: Trends and determinants of survival for patients on renal replacement therapy over time.


Project details


End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the severe end of the spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease, requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the form of peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis or renal transplantation, to stay alive. This PhD project will utilize, and extend when required, advanced statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data collected from the UK Renal Registry. These will include multistate modelling to describe how ESRD and its management in RRT patients evolve through different stages over the patient’s lifetime, including transitions between different treatment modalities, the occurrence of other health events, hospitalisation, recovery of kidney function, or death. Further, graphical Markov models will be utilized to build causal diagrams to describe relationships among patient factors and treatment modalities underlying longer survival time. The statistical modelling will be guided by strong clinical knowledge and experience from experts in the field of nephrology based at the Institute for Clinical Sciences (iACS) at Keele University, so that clinical insight from the analyses can be demonstrated and communicated meaningfully. In addition, the student will benefit from the methodological expertise provided by the iPCHS.


 


The iPCHS is the largest and most successful Research Institute at Keele (http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/). It is dedicated to undertake research that will improve the quality of care for people with arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, mental health problems and associated comorbidities. It hosts the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre-of-Excellence, is a current member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and holds the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Pioneering the early prevention and treatment of chronic pain. 91% of Keele’s research in Primary Care has been judged world leading or internationally excellent (Ref 2014).


 


Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the project supervisors: Dr Mark Lambie (lambiem@doctors.net.uk or m.lambie@keele.ac.uk) or Dr Ivonne Solis-Trapala (i.solis-trapala@keele.ac.uk).


 


Eligibility:  Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) in Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline, and a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics or related discipline is desirable.


 


Studentship: Funding is available for three years to cover fees for PhD registration (2017/18 home/EU rates: £4,121) and a research studentship stipend of currently £14,553 per annum for 2017/18. Non-EU students would be required to pay the balance (currently approximately £11,179 per annum) of the overseas fees themselves.A programme of research training will also be provided and it is anticipated that students will be involved in a number of Keele and institute-wide activities including research seminars, journal clubs and an annual student conference.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Fees Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time or six years part time
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time.
Closing date Friday 2nd June 2017

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Research Topic Psychology
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-06
Abstract

Please see advert attached for full details.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration Available from September 2017 for 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years.
Stipend Stipend for 3 years at RCUK rates. (2017/8 £14,553 per annum).
Closing date 2nd June 2017

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Research Topic Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

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Duration 3 years
Fees Please see advert
Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 8 August 2017

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Research Topic Smartphone Sensing System for Health Management and Autoinjector Training
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-03
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Stipend Open to fully self-funded students only.

Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees and living costs please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/ and
http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/livingcosts/

Closing date 31st August 2017

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Research Topic Analysis and modeling of neuromodulator triggered setting of functional networks in biological neural systems
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-08
Abstract

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Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self funded students only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic Responsive Virtual Reconstruction Environment with Integrated Tools
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-09
Abstract

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Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
For information regarding University tuition fees please see http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend No funding available.
Opportunity for self-funded applications only.
Closing date 31st December 2017

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Research Topic Investigating the chick embryo as a neurological injury model for screening new tissue engineering strategies
Reference number: FNS GS 2017-10
Abstract

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Duration 3 years.
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2017/2018.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2017/8 £14,553 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 8th June 2017

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